Careers and Guidance

St Peter’s Church of England Careers Programme


Head of Careers and named Careers Leader: Mrs Maria Huggett, Alpha Careers
Telephone Number: 01392 204764 Ext. 231
Email Address: careers@spexe.org


Summary of Careers Provision at St Peter’s.       


Benchmark 1

Throughout the careers programme at St Peter’s, students are encouraged to develop their independence. Thinking about work experience and future careers begins in Year 7 and continues through to Year 11. Students are encouraged to experience and learn about the workplace and the skills and qualities valued in it. The programme gives students the opportunity to explore the viability of their career ideas. More importantly, it allows students to reflect upon themselves: their own skills, qualities and how they wish to develop them for employability.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that stipulate what makes the best careers provision in schools. Further information on the Gatsby Benchmarks can be found by clicking on the link below.

View the Gatsby Benchmarks

The Eight Benchmarks for providing good career guidance

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

We have a stable and structured embedded careers programme in accordance with the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks which form the cornerstone of our Careers Programme. We plan and provide activities for each year group in accordance with their needs and at appropriate decision making times during their time here at St Peter’s.

Provider Access Policy  

Introduction  

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.   

Pupil entitlement   

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled: 

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point; 
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; 
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests 

Procedure  

A provider wishing to request access should contact Maria Huggett, Careers Leader, Or Amy Hoy, Careers Administrator 

Telephone: 01392 204764; Email: mhuggett@spexe.org or ahoy@spexe.org   
 
Opportunities for access  
 
A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers: 

 

AUTUMN TERM 

SPRING TERM 

SUMMER TERM 

YEAR 8 

Event for Colleges and Training Providers 

Key Stage 4 Options events 

Careers Fair 

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities 

YEAR 9 

Event for Colleges and training Providers  

 

Careers Fair 

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities  

Young Enterprise – Route to Success 

YEAR 10 

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities 

Work Experience preparation sessions 

Careers Fair 

Apprenticeship sessions 

Opportunities for College T levels, A Levels and Btec’s 

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities  

 

AUTUMN TERM 

SPRING TERM 

SUMMER TERM 

YEAR 11 

Life Skills assembly and tutor group opportunities 

 

Assembly on Post 16 options 

 

Events for colleges and Training Providers 

 

Event for University

Post 16 evening  

 

Post 16 taster sessions 

 

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. 

Premises and facilities  

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.   

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Employer Information

We are very keen to engage with businesses and employers to help us inform and educate students about the local and national employment opportunities.

This links directly with Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees, and Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Experiences of Workplaces. We provide many opportunities for businesses to interact with students: World of Work days, Career Carousels, Employability Skills workshops, Careers Fairs, presentations, work experience, small group work etc.

If you would like to get involved, or wish to advertise any apprenticeship vacancies through the school, then please contact Head of Careers and Guidance on 01392 204764 x231  or  email mhuggett@spexe.org

Date of next review: September 2021

Parent's Careers Information

We are aware that you are the biggest support in helping your child make their lifelong decisions. Therefore, we would like to share some links with you to help you and your child with making those decisions.

We will update links on this page regularly. If you would have any questions, then please contact Head of Careers and Guidance Maria Huggett email mhuggett@spexe.org

Career Pilot

We are working towards all students from year 7 – 11 to register with. This has an excellent Parent Zone link https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/parent-zone

The Careers Hub has been working to produce a resource for KS3, probably most appropriate for Year 8, to explain the terminology of routes & pathways to enable students to gain an understanding of the different options open to them after Year 11 and to help them make informed GCSE option choices.

Routes after Year 11- Animated film for Y8The Careers Hub have funded this project to support the work undertaken by ASK but who are not funded to work with the younger students.

Ofsted want to see progression of information, learning that builds on previous years learning and we hope this will help you.  We really hope you like it!

Not going to Uni

Career Information For Parents

NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK

Termly Careers Magazine for parents

Amazing Apprenticeships parents magazine

Help to choose the GCSE subjects – Year 8

Help to choose post 16 options

 
Next Steps South West (NSSW)
Next Steps South West is a collaboration of fourteen partner universities and colleges through Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. They help young people navigate their own personal journey to higher education. Across the region, they deliver events and activities designed to educate and inspire young people aged 13-19 years old, and those that influence them, such as parents and carers. 
 
They work directly with schools and this website is full of useful information designed to help young people think about where they’d like to be in the future, and how to get there. It also signposts towards other websites that we think have a really good information that can help young people make decisions about where they want to go in life, and how to get there.
 
 

Labour Market Information (LMI)

Is very important in deciding on career paths. In a nutshell, labour market information tells you about the local or national demand there is for different skills and from different industries. Below are some links to understanding LMI:

Date of next review: September 2023

Years 7 to 11

‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ 

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees;

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Encounters of Workplaces.

The day will be particularly beneficial to students if they can recognise where the skills they develop in the classroom become relevant to a job, i.e. the use of Maths (buying, selling, etc) or English (telephone manner, writing letters, etc) IT use of computers in the work place.

It would be most helpful if parents could help students to consider these points.

Year 8 Guided Options Programme

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education;

Gatsby Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

Students in Year 8 choose their GCSE Options. To guide them through this important process, each student is encouraged to attend the Careers Fair held in January each year. They also have the opportunity to talk to Subject Learning Leaders on the options available here at St Peter’s during the Careers Fair where their subjects are showcased. 

They will have access to a one-to-one interview with Alpha Careers – our provider for impartial and independent careers advice and guidance.  To complete the process, students and parents are offered individual interviews so that we have the right course for the right student.

The Careers Hub has been working to produce a resource for KS3, probably most appropriate for Year 8, to explain the terminology of routes & pathways to enable students to gain an understanding of the different options open to them after Year 11 and to help them make informed GCSE option choices.

Routes after Year 11- Animated film for Y8The Careers Hub have funded this project to support the work undertaken by ASK but who are not funded to work with the younger students.

Ofsted want to see progression of information, learning that builds on previous years learning and we hope this will help you.  We really hope you like it!

Year 9

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education;

Our objective is to provide an impartial careers and information programme to all students, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future. 

In Year 9 they will also have to opportunity to attend the World Skills event in Birmingham, National Apprenticeship Show at Westpoint, Skills South West and Women in Construction.

Year 10

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees;

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Encounters of Workplaces.

Writing CVs Letters of Application, Volunteers in the Community Programme and other work related learning activities.

Work Experience – Step-by-Step Guides to work experience are provided to each students along with information for parents on deadline dates – these are also published on the school’s website. Students are encouraged to find a placement in the career area they are most interested in. There are obviously some placements like medical placements which students won’t be able to take part in due to their age and confidentiality. 

All students on the SEN register are given additional support to write letters and find placements. Almost all students on work experience will get a visit from a member of staff during Work Experience Week except those which are out of county – these students will get a telephone call. 

Students must complete a Work Experience Diary and get feedback from the employer. The Diary is mapped against our Character Compass and on successful completion the student will receive a certificate.

Aims-of-Work-Experience

Check-list

New-CV-Template

Step-by-Step-front-cover

The Aims of Work Experience

Writing a Letter

https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/help-your-child-make-most-work-experience

Our of Area Risk Assessment re Work Experience

Letter to Parents

Devon County Council Request Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Year 11

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student;

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers;

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees;

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Encounters of Workplaces

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Gatsby Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

World Skills event; National Apprenticeship Show; SEN Careers Fair; One-to-one career guidance for all Pupil Premium students, creating a personal career plan from Alpha Careers – independent and impartial careers guidance provider;

One-to-one interviews with course advisers from Exeter College, Bicton College, Clyst Vale, Torquay Girls Grammar, Maynards School.

Exeter University Aim Higher Programme; Annual Careers Fair; Visiting speakers; Visits to Post 16 establishments; Exeter Discovery Series to Law programme

Our objective is to provide an impartial careers and information programme to all students, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future. To achieve this we invite speakers to talk to Year 11s from Inspiring the Future, all 6th Form Colleges, state schools and the private sector, speakers from the National Apprenticeship Service, Education Training & Skills, Devon Vocational Training and the Army.

Please also take a look at the Careers South West website, parents can register to receive a monthly newsletter, young people and parents can talk to a CSW Adviser via web chat Tue-Thurs from 4pm to 7pm, and if you ‘like’ them on Facebook you can receive regular job, college and careers related updates.

Emily Skinner, Course Adviser, from Exeter College is available in school on Wednesdays from 8.30am to 2.35pm from September to February and is happy to see parents and pupils. Appointments can be made by emailing: careers@spexe.org or phoning Maria Huggett, Head of Careers, on 01392 204764 Ext 231

The School Liaison Officer, from Bicton College will be available in school to talk to any student who is interested in Agriculture, Animal Care, Vehicle, Plant Engineering, Equine Studies, Outdoor Adventure, Public Services, Environmental Sustainability and much more, please email Maria Huggett for an appointment.

Key Stage 3 Outcomes

Students:

  • understand the importance of maths and English to gain a grade 4 or better.  
  • explain the requirements of a particular job that appeals to them and identify the skills that they possess to justify this as a choice for them.   
  • understand different viewpoints about careers and work besides their own and to open their minds to new possibilities.
  • focus on what they have to offer in career terms
  • identify readily with former students and their career pathway.
  • describe FE, HE and apprenticeship courses.

Discover more on Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4 Outcomes

Students:

  • identify a number of possible pathways available for post 16 studies.
  • write a personal statement and a CV.
  • explain how their work experience was related to their career aspirations.
  • develop their capacity for self-reflection and realistic appraisal of their choices and opportunities.
  • successfully apply for post 16 courses/apprenticeships/employment.

Discover more on Key Stage 4

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